We LOVE chicken wings! There is just something about eating a chicken wing that really makes any day feel like a party. A grilled chicken tender with some wing sauce is a mediocre substitute…I’ll eat them that way in a pinch, but it is just not the same as eating a true chicken wing. I am partial to the drummettes (the ones that just have one bone and look like a mini drumstick). Over the past few years hubby bubby has really had a tough time eating fried chicken wings and I never liked them prepared with all those extra calories. We didn’t want to never eat wings again so I figured out a way to make chicken wings that are easy, somewhat healthy, tender, crispy and delicious!
Here is the method I use when I make chicken wings:
- 1 2# bag frozen chicken wings (we use drummettes, you can absolutely use fresh wings, I just never feel like breaking down the wings 🙂 )
- 2 Tbsp canola oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 12 (ish) ounces of your favorite wing sauce
Place the frozen wings in a 5-6 quart slow cooker (if you have fresh wings or thawed frozen wings decrease the cook time by about half). Top with canola oil, salt and pepper and toss to coat evenly. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours until cooked through and tender (this cooks out a lot of the fat under the chicken skin…you’ll pull the chicken out of this drippy goo, no worries).
During the last 30 minutes that wings are cooking in the slow cooker prepare your sauce and preheat your broiler to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover a roasting pan or broiler pan with aluminum foil and top with a nonstick baking rack that is able to withstand temperatures up to 450 degrees. When wings are done cooking remove them from the slow cooker and place them on the rack. Broil for 4 minutes on each side until crispy and browned in spots. Brush with your favorite wing sauce and broil for 4-8 more minutes. You may also toss the broiled wings in your favorite sauce, though, they will be very tender and may fall apart so it is best to pour or brush the sauce on the wings. Garnish as desired and enjoy!
Here are some of our favorite sauce options:
- Sticky miso chicken wings topped with scallions (see my Pinterest “Favorite Sinful Recipes” Page for the sauce recipe)
- Chicken wings with angry sauce (there is also a link to this sauce recipe on my Pinterest page. Caution: these are quite spicy, as advertised!)
- Traditional wings with Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce
Hope you enjoy some of these lightened up wings for your next game day party!Connect with Radishes Are Pink on social media: